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Expert Available: Cutting-Edge Molecular Diagnostic Tests Provide Benefit for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are not completely understood neurodevelopmental disorders diagnosed solely on the basis of behavioral assessments of social, communicative and repetitive symptoms. Though behaviorally distinctive and reliably identified by experienced clinicians, ASD is clinically and genetically extremely diverse, affecting each patient differently. Efforts to identify subsets of patients with similar outcomes and chances of recurrence has been difficult, said Judith Miles, M.D., P.h.D., a University of Missouri child health physician and researcher specializing in medical genetics, in an invited editorial published Sept.1 in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

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Politics Will Prevent Real Economic Reform in China, Says Iowa State University Professor

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Recovering from the economic crisis that rippled through the global markets will be long and difficult for China, said Jonathan Hassid, an assistant professor of political science at Iowa State University who studies Chinese news media and symbolic political messaging.

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September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, 62,000 Americans will be diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2015, most of them before reaching age 55. Experts at the Head and Neck Institute at Mount Sinai Health System encourage the public to perform regular thyroid neck self-exams and be aware of the symptoms of thyroid cancer.

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September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

September is National Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Awareness Month, and Mount Sinai Health System is reminding the community of the importance of newborn screening performed soon after birth with a blood test, education for families with this inherited condition and comprehensive care for children and adults including regular visits with a specialist can reduce complications of this illness.

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September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in American men. One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer and 233,000 new cases are diagnosed annually. That said, not every diagnosis warrants intervention. Mount experts are using a powerful new technique, MRI Fusion Biopsy, to more accurately diagnose both small and large cancer lesions, treating only the affected areas and monitoring areas that don’t require immediate intervention. Experts are available to comment on this important discussion in the field, and to share tips on prevention.

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Expert: ‘Blue Alert’ Law Highlights Importance of Technology for Officer Safety

Expert can speak about the need for better technological solutions to keep law enforcement officers safe to help them interdict criminals traveling throughout the U.S., as well as systems such as the COPsync Network that are already in use in various states.

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Prostate Health: What You Need to Know

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September is National Prostate Health Month and expert pathologist Dr. Michael Misialek can fill you in on what you should know about prostate screening and how to talk to your doctor about next steps and treatment.

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The Art of Letting Go

Ready or not, throngs of parents will say goodbye to their teenagers this month as their children transition to freshmen in college. Expert E. Christine Moll, PhD, offers advice for parents.

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Broward College Expert Offers Tips for ADHD Month

During the month of September and as the school year begins, many healthcare, family and children’s organizations focus on the treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As part of this, Alexis Resnick, Ph.D., a professor of psychology in the behavioral science department at Broward College, as well as a licensed psychologist who provides assessment, therapy and consultation services to children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral, academic, developmental, emotional, and social concerns, is providing several behavioral treatment tips for ADHD.

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Mount Sinai Experts Will Be Available for Interviews During the 2015 US Open

The Mount Sinai Health System is serving as the Official Medical Services Provider for the US Open.